Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will remain at Haas next year, the team have confirmed.2024 Formula 1 season begins, had proved “an extremely solid driver pairing this season”.
“There was no reason to look to change that,” Steiner added.
Magnussen will enter his seventh season with the team. He has driven for them every year since 2017 with the exception of 2021. He returned last year as an 11th-hour replacement for Nikita Mazepin, who was dropped following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Kevin is obviously a very well-known quantity to us,” said Steiner. “With 113 starts for our team alone, we know where his strengths lie and his knowledge and experience of our organisation pairs very well with that too.”
Hulkenberg returned to F1 with Haas this year in his first full-time drive since being dropped by Renault at the end of 2019. He has especially impressed the team with his qualifying performances.
“Nico’s simply slotted in without fuss or fanfare and proved himself to be a valuable member of the team. He’s approaching 200 starts in F1 and we’re very happy to be the beneficiary of that experience behind the wheel,” announced the team.
Haas have kept the faith in their driver line-up despite a somewhat disappointing season to date. They have combined scored 11 points, less than one-third of the tally Haas had after the first 12 grands prix last year, as both drivers have found the VF-23 tends to degrade its tyres heavily in race trim.
“We’ve had to tackle our issues this season with regards to the VF-23, we don’t hide from that, but we’ve been extremely fortunate to have had two drivers whose feedback is invaluable in assisting our engineering objectives,” said Steiner.
“Kevin and Nico gelled well right from the get-go and together they’ve both scored points, and in particular, Nico has excelled in qualifying – getting into Q3 on six occasions. Having not raced in F1 full-time since 2019 that shows you just how professional he is and how he’s looked after himself physically.”
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